Did you know it’s just as important to take exceptional care of your gums as it is to take care of your teeth?
Your gums help support your tooth structure and provide a seal surrounding your teeth, helping to provide a barrier to bacteria.
Ignoring your gum health can lead to a serious condition such as gingivitis, or periodontal disease.
Gingivitis is the early stages of periodontal disease and occurs from bacterial plaque buildup that accumulates on your teeth near the gum line. Over time, your body responds, creating inflamed, bleeding, tender, red and swollen gums. If you are experiencing these symptoms of gingivitis, you should let your Dentist know right away of any concerns.
With proper hygiene, gingivitis can be reversed with increased homecare:
By brushing twice a day, making sure to hold your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle at the gum line, flossing regularly making sure your floss goes into your gum line, changing your toothbrush every 3 months, salt water rinses and visiting your dentist every 6 months for your recare (check-up and cleaning) appointments.
Gingivitis is the only stage of periodontal disease that is reversible.
If ignored gingivitis will turn into periodontal disease and you may experience loss of the bone and tissues that support your teeth in place creating increased mobility in your teeth. Your mouth is the gateway to the rest of your body, keeping your gums, teeth and mouth healthy is a great way to help keep the rest of your body healthy, too.